It appears that the Bernardo Silva transfer saga will be taking the centre stage at Barcelona. After all, the 28-year-old attacking midfielder is manager Xavi Hernandez’s priority target and the club are prepared to make serious efforts to sign him.
However, Manchester City have made it clear that they do not intend to let their star playmaker leave this summer and will not negotiate his sale.
Despite that, the Blaugrana had sent in a formal offer for Silva over the past weekend, which was knocked back by the Premier League and European champions.
Now, though, there appears to have been some significant movement in the saga, with the player deciding to take a stand.
Silva tells Guardiola he wants Barcelona move
Indeed, as per Roger Torello of Mundo Deportivo, Silva has informed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola that he wants to leave the club in order to join Barcelona this summer.
The player had not been intervening in the matters, but having seen the Blaugrana make a concrete move for his signing, has now decided to let his stance be known.
Silva, as per the report, feels that he has reached the end of his cycle at the Etihad Stadium, having won everything possible with the club in the past six years.
As such, he feels the time is right for him to pursue his childhood dream of playing for Barça and has informed Guardiola of the same.
It is further claimed that the Portuguese international and his partner are fascinated by the city of Barcelona and that the player feels that this might be his last chance of securing a move to the Catalan club and realising his dream.
Guardiola, for his part, had claimed last year that the club would not stand in the way of the player if he asks to leave and if a suitable offer comes along.
With Silva now reportedly making his intentions clear, it will now be up to the two clubs to negotiate and finalise an agreement that works out for all parties involved, which will be easier said than done.